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Bebop Spoken There

Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Today Wednesday May 24

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Melody Maker - the Dead Sea Scrolls of Jazz

Trolling through those old Melody Makers of Colin's is both a journey of discovery and curiosity.
The January 23, 1960 issue refers to the JAZZ HERALDS (sounds like a juvenile jazz band!) replacing the Mighty Joe Young Jazzmen at the Downbeat Club - anyone recall the Heralds? 
The same issue mentions the JAZZ PROPHETS at the Highpoint in Whitley Bay. Are the Prophets without honour even in their own country?
An earlier issue of MM (15/2/41) reveals that a Conn alto (s/no 281639) was stolen from R.S. Kitchen's shop in Leeds. I wonder, is this durable horn still around?
Finally, Colin has almost completed his 1926 collection apart from... Volume 1, number 10, October 1926.
Is there a copy still around?
Lance.
PS: Apart from the Bebop Spoken There quotes, I'm also  hoping to post links to some of the more interesting story's from what was, once, the British musician's bible.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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